Eagles – Viking Wheelchair Basketball matches have always been thrillers with both clubs chasing each up through the divisional structure over the last few years. This game was no change!
Eagles took an early however both teams struggled to find the basket in the first quarter and a late first quarter basket from Vikings took the game tied in to the break at 8 – 8.
Vikings struck out in the second quarter, scoring four unanswered baskets before Eagles made some changes. Both teams then traded baskets for the remained of the quarter and several fouls by the Eagles sending Vikings to the line allowed Vikings to win the quarter 13 – 8 (21-16).
The third quarter saw some good shooting from the Eagles as they fought to stay in the game but some let up’s in defence allowed the Vikings to keep scoring. Vikings eventually edged out Eagles 14-12 in the 3rd quarter. (35-28)
Eagles needed a big final quarter and after trading baskets for the first half of the quarter changed back to the starting line up and who now feeling refreshed applied a press. Vikings buckled under the pressure and Eagles closed the basket with 3 quickfire baskets, two from turnovers. A single Vikings basket followed and then Eagles took the lead for the first time in the game with less than a minute to go. Ion fouled out sending Vikings to the line but both missed and then agonisingly Vikings capitalised on a miss pass and scored an Easy lay-up to regain the lead with 7 seconds remaining. Strong Vikings pressure forced the half court shot which didn’t fall on this day. The quarter ended 12-18 in Eagles favour with the final score Vikings 47 – 46 Eagles.
Eagles Scorers – Ion 26, Parry 14, Lomax 2, Tipling-Bower 2, McConell 2, Joyce 2
The Newcastle Eagles Wheelchair Basketball Club aims to give people of all abilities, ages and genders the chance to take part in an exciting and fast paced sport. As well as doing inclusive events within their own community, the Newcastle Eagles also deliver sessions to injured soldiers who are part of the Help for Heroes campaign. The frequent coaching sessions aim to raise awareness of disability as well as being a great social environment for those with or without disabilities. All members of the Newcastle Eagles are included within the national competitions that occur throughout the year. The coaching sessions within the club itself and out and about in the community, are of a very high skill level whilst also being fun and catering to all members of the group. Due to increased demand, the Newcastle Eagles are working towards setting up a junior club, to cater specifically to the younger generation of basketball players.
The Newcastle Eagles train Mondays 7:30-9:30 and Thursday 7:30-9:30 at
Percy Hedley Sports Academy, West Lane, Killingworth, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE12 7BH
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